Maggie Chapman (born 27 June 1979) is a Zimbabwean-born Scottish politician and lecturer. She is best known as the former co-convenor of the Scottish Greens from November 2013 to August 2019, serving with Patrick Harvie. She was the lead candidate for the Scottish Green Party in the 2019 European election.
Maggie Chapman in 2015
|Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens|
November 2013 – 1 August 2019
Serving with Patrick Harvie
|Preceded by||Martha Wardrop|
|Succeeded by||Lorna Slater as co-leader|
|Councillor, The City of Edinburgh Council|
3 May 2007 – June 2015
|Lord Rector of the University of Aberdeen|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Maitland Mackie|
|Born||27 June 1979|
Salisbury, Zimbabwe Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
|Political party||Scottish Greens|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
She was a councillor for the Leith Walk ward of The City of Edinburgh Council from 2007 – 2015 and represented the Scottish Greens on the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.
Early life and education
Chapman was born in 1979 in Salisbury, Rhodesia (Now Harare, Zimbabwe). Her family had moved from South Africa in 1978 for her father to take up the post of director at the college of music. She grew up there, educated at a mixed-race school, with the country having achieved independence as Zimbabwe while she was an infant. Her mother was a nurse who worked as a theatre sister and delivered babies.
Chapman moved to Scotland to study Zoology at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2001. She went on to complete a Master's degree in Environmental Management at the University of Stirling in 2003, then returned to Edinburgh University to study for a PhD in Geography. In 2015 she clarified that she had not completed her doctoral studies. As a student she had been an activist for Edinburgh University Students' Association.
Until June 2015 she was a lecturer in cultural geography, environmental ethics and social justice at Edinburgh Napier University. She retains a role in teaching through her support for the Educational Institute of Scotland.
In mid-2015 she took up a post at the Muslim Women's Resource Centre in Dundee.
Chapman was first elected as a councillor for the Leith Walk ward in the 2007 City of Edinburgh Council election, becoming one of the three first Green councillors in Edinburgh. She was re-elected in 2012. Later that year she became the first ever convener of the council's Petitions Committee. During her time as a councillor, Chapman has advocated for causes that include: the living wage, participatory budgeting, better private tenancy rights, and better support for non-profits. She has also organised and voted against the privatisation of council services and cuts to services. In June 2015, she announced she was standing down as a councillor, to concentrate on the Scottish Parliament election that was to be held in May 2016. She was selected as the party's lead candidate for the North East region.
In November 2013, she was elected unopposed as the Scottish Greens' female co-convenor, succeeding Glasgow councillor Martha Wardrop, and was re-elected to the position in 2016.
Chapman was the party's lead candidate in the 2014 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom for the Scotland constituency. She was not elected.
She stood in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election as the party's lead candidate for the North East region but despite the Greens increasing their number of MSPs from two to six, Chapman was not elected.
In November 2014, she was elected as Rector of the University of Aberdeen after a vote by the student body of the University. She was installed as rector at a ceremony in March 2015, having intimated that she would be active in the role.
Chapman ran for a second term in November 2017, but the election was annulled after allegations that her supporters had torn down posters belonging to rival candidates, which Chapman and her campaign team denied. A leaked document indicated that the election committee disagreed with the university's decision to annul the results as Chapman had not been given a right of reply to the allegations. In the end, the election was re-run in February 2018. Chapman won re-election, defeating Aberdeen law student Israr Khan by a margin of 1,248 votes to 891.
Her father, Neil Chapman, was a professional classical musician. She has a sister, Catherine.[dead link] She plays the fiddle and enjoys exploring Scotland.
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